Nov 12, 2013 7:15 PM
The Butte County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 to move forward with an amendment to their existing medical marijuana ordinance (Ordinance 4051).
Amendment “B” doesn't touch plant counts and complaints.
But it would increase civil penalty amounts, tighten up environmental requirements, and require legal residence on cultivation sites.
The Western Plant Science Association was on board with the original ordinance.
But Tuesday, they weren't on board with amendment “A” which could change both of these issues.
“We have a problem with reducing plant counts,” said WPSA’s attorney Rob MacKenzie. We also have a problem with pulling the citizen complaint out of the ordinance. As I heard Supervisor Teeter say, this is a neighbor on neighbor issue…”
Supervisor Larry Wahl said the board will give a final reading of the ordinance at the December 10th meeting. But even then, Wahl said the board can start all over again on the ordinance in January.